Jacksons to reign as BMI's 2008 Icons

Group to be saluted at Urban Awards in September

Pioneering R&B/pop group the Jacksons will be honored as this year's BMI Icons.

The brothers will be feted during the organization's eighth annual Urban Awards on Sept. 4. Taking place at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills, the ceremony also will honor the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the past year in the BMI repertoire.

Starting out as the Jackson 5 in their hometown of Gary, Ind., siblings Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael first recorded for the Steeltown label in 1968. After signing with Motown Records, the group launched a string of R&B and pop crossover hits beginning with 1969's "I Want You Back." When younger brother Randy replaced Jermaine in 1976, the group moved to Epic Records.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, the Jacksons join such previous BMI Icons as James Brown, Isaac Hayes and Carlos Santana.